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Australia’s national security agencies need access to the best expertise and resources to address immediate and long-term security challenges. To achieve this, national security science and technology is coordinated across government by the National Security Science and Technology Centre (NSSTC), in the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group.

The NSSTC also fosters academic and industry science and technology partnerships, international research collaboration, and manages DST’s national security science and technology program.

Industry and academia can register their capabilities with Defence in the form of a quad chart to inform the national security community of the expertise available for national security science and technology projects. To obtain a quad chart email

Before registering it’s important you understand the priorities for national security science and technology, which are set out in the National security science and technology policy and priorities document. The priorities are:

  • cyber security
  • intelligence
  • border security and identity management
  • investigative support and forensic science
  • preparedness, protection, prevention and incident response
  • technology foresighting

These priorities are related to but separate from the priority areas of the two signature Defence innovation programs, the Next Generation Technologies Fund and the Defence Innovation Hub:

  • Defence innovation investment priorities are driven by force design and technology foresighting, and are aligned with Defence strategy.
  • The national security science and technology priorities are underpinned by multiple security agencies working across diverse areas. The national security science and technology priorities will inform separate solicitations and industry engagement that will occur from time to time.